 6 (number)

This article is about the mathematical number. For other uses, see 6 (disambiguation).
6 Cardinal 6
sixOrdinal 6th
sixthNumeral system senary Factorization Divisors 1, 2, 3, 6 Roman numeral VI Roman numeral (Unicode) Ⅵ, ⅵ, ↅ Greek στ (or ΣΤ or ς) Arabic ٦,6 Arabic (Persian, Urdu) ۶ Amharic ፮ Bengali ৬ Chinese numeral 六，陆 Devanāgarī ६ Hebrew ו (Vav) Khmer ៦ Thai ๖ Telugu ౬ Tamil ௬ prefixes hexa/hex (from Greek) Binary 110 Octal 6 Duodecimal 6 Hexadecimal 6 6 (six/ˈsɪks/) is the natural number following 5 and preceding 7.
The SI prefix for 1000^{6} is exa (E), and for its reciprocal atto (a).
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In mathematics
Six is the second smallest composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2 and 3.
Since six equals the sum of these proper divisors, six is the smallest perfect number, Granville number, and perfect number.^{[1]}^{[2]} As a perfect number, 6 is related to the Mersenne prime 3, since 2^{1}(2^{2}  1) = 6. (The next perfect number is 28.) It is the only even perfect number that is not the sum of successive odd cubes.^{[3]} Being perfect, six is the root of the 6aliquot tree, and is itself the aliquot sum of only one number; the square number, 25. Unrelated to 6 being a perfect number, a Golomb ruler of length 6 is a "perfect ruler."^{[4]} Six is a congruent number.
Six is the first discrete biprime (2.3) and the first member of the (2.q) discrete biprime family.
Six is the only number that is both the sum and the product of three consecutive positive numbers.^{[5]}
Six is a unitary perfect number, a harmonic divisor number and a highly composite number. The next highly composite number is 12.
5 and 6 form a RuthAaron pair under either definition.
The smallest nonabelian group is the symmetric group S_{3} which has 3! = 6 elements.
S_{6}, with 720 elements, is the only finite symmetric group which has an outer automorphism. This automorphism allows us to construct a number of exceptional mathematical objects such as the S(5,6,12) Steiner system, the projective plane of order 4 and the HoffmanSingleton graph. A closely related result is the following theorem: 6 is the only natural number n for which there is a construction of n isomorphic objects on an nset A, invariant under all permutations of A, but not naturally in 11 correspondence with the elements of A. This can also be expressed category theoretically: consider the category whose objects are the n element sets and whose arrows are the bijections between the sets. This category has a nontrivial functor to itself only for n=6.
6 similar coins can be arranged around a central coin of the same radius so that each coin makes contact with the central one (and touches both its neighbors without a gap), but seven cannot be so arranged. This makes 6 the answer to the twodimensional kissing number problem. The densest sphere packing of the plane is obtained by extending this pattern to the hexagonal lattice in which each circle touches just six others.
6 is the largest of the four allHarshad numbers.
A sixsided polygon is a hexagon, one of the three polygons capable of tiling the plane. Figurate numbers representing hexagons (including six) are called hexagonal numbers. Six is also an octahedral number. It is a triangular number and so is its square (36).
Six is the smallest number of distinct isosceles right triangles that will tile an isosceles right triangle.
There are six basic trigonometric functions.
There are six convex regular polytopes in four dimensions.
Six is the fourbit binary complement of number nine:
6 = 0110 9 = 1001
The six exponentials theorem guarantees (given the right conditions on the exponents) the transcendence of at least one of a set of exponentials.
In numeral systems
Base Numeral system 2 binary 110 3 ternary 20 4 quaternary 12 5 quinary 11 6 senary 10 over 6 (decimal, hexadecimal) 6 In bases 10, 15 and 30, 6 is a 1automorphic number.
List of basic calculations
Multiplication 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 50 100 1000 6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48 54 60 66 72 78 84 90 96 102 108 114 120 126 132 138 144 150 300 600 6000 Division 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 6 3 2 1.5 1.2 1 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 Exponentiation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 6 36 216 1296 7776 46656 279936 1679616 10077696 60466176 362797056 2176782336 13060694016 1 64 729 4096 15625 46656 117649 262144 531441 1000000 1771561 2985984 4826809 Evolution of the glyph
The evolution of our modern glyph for 6 appears rather simple when compared with that for the other numerals. Our modern 6 can be traced back to the Brahmins of India, who wrote it in one stroke like a cursive lowercase e rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Gradually, the upper part of the stroke (above the central squiggle) became more curved, while the lower part of the stroke (below the central squiggle) became straighter. The Ghubar Arabs dropped the part of the stroke below the squiggle. From there, the European evolution to our modern 6 was very straightforward, aside from a flirtation with a glyph that looked more like an uppercase G.^{[6]}
On the sevensegment displays of calculators and watches, 6 is usually written with six segments. Some historical calculator models use just five segments for the 6, by omitting the top horizontal bar. This glyph variant has not caught on; for calculators that can display results in hexadecimal, a 6 that looks like a 'b' is not practical.
Just as in most modern typefaces, in typefaces with text figures the 6 character usually has an ascender, as, for example, in .
This numeral resembles an inverted 9. To disambiguate the two on objects and documents that can be inverted, the 6 has often been underlined, both in handwriting and on printed labels.
In science
Physics
 In the Standard Model of particle physics, there are 6 types of quark and 6 types of lepton
 In statistical mechanics, the sixvertex model has 6 possible configurations of arrows at each vertex
Chemistry
 A benzene molecule has a ring of 6 carbon atoms.
 6 is the atomic number of carbon.
 The sixfold symmetry of snowflakes arises from the hexagonal crystal structure of ordinary ice
 A hexamer is a oligomer made of six subunits.
Biology
Medicine
 The number of tastes in traditional Indian Medicine called Ayurveda. They are: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. These tastes are used to suggest a diet based on the symptoms of the body
 Phase 6 is one of six pandemic influenza phases
Astronomy
 Messier object M6, a magnitude 4.5 open cluster in the constellation Scorpius, also known as the Butterfly Cluster
 The New General Catalogue object NGC 6, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Andromeda
 The Saros number of the solar eclipse series which began on 2691 March 16 and ended on 1393 May 3. The duration of Saros series 6 was 1298.1 years, and it contained 73 solar eclipses
 The Saros number of the lunar eclipse series which began on 2642 July 25 and ended on 1091 February 10. The duration of Saros series 6 was 1550.6 years, and it contained 87 lunar eclipses
 The Roman numeral VI stands for subdwarfs in the Yerkes spectral classification scheme.
 The Roman numeral VI (usually) stands for the sixthdiscovered satellite of a planet or minor planet (e.g. Jupiter VI)
In religion
 The number of points on a Star of David
 The number of orders of the Mishnah
 The number of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate
 The number of days taken to create the world by Yahweh in the Old Testament Book of Genesis, and the number of the day on which humankind were created
 The Jewish holiday of Shavuot starts on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan
 The Six articles of belief of Islam.
 In Islam, fasting six days of Shawwal together with the month of Ramadan is equivalent to fasting the whole year.
 In Hindu theology, a trasarenu is the combination of 6 celestial paramānus (atoms)
See also 666.
In music
 The number of strings on a standard guitar
 The number of basic holes or keys on most woodwind instruments (e.g., pennywhistle, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon). These holes or keys are usually not given numbers or letters in the fingering charts
 "Six geese alaying" were given as a present on the sixth day in the popular Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
 The concerti grossi Opus 3, organ concertos Opus 4 and Opus 7 (each) by Georg Frideric Handel
 The name of the second album by Mansun released in 1998. It takes its name in part from the main character in the television series The Prisoner, and from A. A. Milne's poetry book, Now We Are Six
 The French composers Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Tailleferre were part of a group known as Les Six ("The Six" in English) in the 1920s.
 Bands with the number six in their name include 6 O'clock Saints, Eve 6, Slant 6, Sixpence None the Richer, Six In Six, Los Xey (sei is Basque for "six"), Vanity 6, You Me At Six, Out On Blue Six and Electric Six
 The number of semitones in a tritone
 The number that the sixth album by Dream Theater "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" was based around. The album has six songs. The sixth song — that is, the complete second disc — explores the stories of six individuals suffering from various mental illnesses.
 #6, the pseudonym of American musician Shawn Crahan, when performing with Slipknot
In sports
 In the NBA, a number worn by several players, most notably LeBron James.
 In American and Canadian football, the number of points received for a touchdown
 Sixman football is a variant of American or Canadian football, played by smaller schools with insufficient enrollment to field the traditional 11man (American) or 12man (Canadian) squad.
 In rugby union, the starting blindside flanker wears jersey number 6. (Some teams use "left" and "right" flankers instead of "openside" and "blindside", with 6 being worn by the starting left flanker.)
 In most rugby league competitions (but not the European Super League, which uses static squad numbering), the jersey number 6 is worn by the starting standoff half (Southern Hemisphere term) or fiveeighth (Northern Hemisphere term).
 In football/soccer, the number of AC Milan's legendary centre back and captain Franco Baresi. The shirt was retired in 1997.
 In football/soccer, the number of Arsenal's legendary centre back and captain Tony Adams. The shirt was retired in 2002 on his retirement but has recently been passed on to Philippe Senderos.
 In football (soccer), the number of substitutes combined by both teams, that are allowed in the game.
 In baseball, six represents the shortstop's position
 In Australian Rules football, six points are received for a goal
 In cricket (See cricket terminology):
 In ice hockey, the number of players per team, including the goaltender, that are on the ice at any one time, excluding penalty situations.
 The jersey number 6 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats or other key figures (or, in two cases, a team's fans):
 In Major League Baseball:
 The Atlanta Braves, for manager Bobby Cox.
 The Boston Red Sox, for Johnny Pesky.
 The Detroit Tigers, for Hall of Famer Al Kaline.
 The Minnesota Twins, for Tony Oliva.
 The St. Louis Cardinals, for Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
 The San Diego Padres, for Steve Garvey.
 In the NFL:
 The Kansas City Chiefs, for Warren McVea.
 In the NBA:
 The Boston Celtics, for Hall of Famer Bill Russell.
 The Orlando Magic, for their fans (the "sixth man").
 The Philadelphia 76ers, for Hall of Famer Julius Erving.
 The Phoenix Suns, for Walter Davis.
 The Sacramento Kings, also for their fans.
 In the NHL:
 The Detroit Red Wings, for Larry Aurie.
 The Pittsburgh Penguins, for Ian Ackerman
 The Toronto Maple Leafs, for Hall of Famer Ace Bailey. The Leafs have a unique policy of not retiring numbers unless the player honoured either died or suffered a careerending incident while a member of the team. Bailey suffered a fractured skull during a game in 1933; while he recovered and lived for nearly 60 years after the incident, he never played again. The Leafs would issue the number to Ron Ellis in 1968 at Bailey's personal request, and Ellis wore it until his own retirement in 1981.
 In Major League Baseball:
 In NASCAR, the number 6 is currently owned by Roush Fenway Racing. Since the 2007 season, the first year in which Roush Racing was merged with the Fenway Sports Group that owns the Boston Red Sox, the Cup Series version of the car has been driven by David Ragan. From 1988 to 2006, Mark Martin drove the #6 in the Cup Series for what was then Roush Racing.
 The Original Six teams in the National Hockey League are Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, New York, Boston, and Detroit. They are the oldest remaining teams in the league, though not necessarily the first six; they comprised the entire league from 1942 to 1967.
 The National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have six divisions.
 In American college football, there are six conferences that automatically qualify for Bowl Championship Series games.
 In some sports, 6 goals is known as a doublehattrick, but is very hard to accomplish.
 In Volleyball, 6 players from each team on each side play against each other.
In technology
 The resin identification code used in recycling to identify polystyrene.
 On most phones, the 6 key is associated with the letters M, N, and O, but on the BlackBerry it is the key for J and K. On BlackBerry 8700 series and Curve 8900 with full keyboard, it is the key for F.
 The "six meter band" in amateur radio includes the frequencies from 50 to 54 MHz
In other fields
 In the ancient Roman calendar, Sextilis was the sixth month. After the Julian reform, June became the sixth month and Sextilis was renamed August
 Sextidi was the sixth day of the decade in the French Revolutionary calendar
 The standard term in office for a United States senator is six years
 The name of the smallest group of Cub Scouts, traditionally consisting of six people and is led by a 'sixer'.
 Sixth Officer Hantin in The Pendragon Series
 The number of cans of soda or beer in a sixpack
 The number of fundamental flight instruments lumped together on a cockpit display, called the sixpack.
 The number of feet below ground level a coffin is traditionally buried; thus, the phrase "six feet under" means that a person (or thing, or concept) is dead
 In Astrology, Virgo is the 6th astrological sign of the Zodiac
 The number of sides on a cube, hence the highest number on a standard dice
 The highest number on one end of a standard domino
 The number of dots in a Braille cell.
 There are said to be no more than six degrees of separation between any two people on Earth. See also Six degrees (disambiguation).
 Extrasensory perception is sometimes called the "sixth sense"
 Six Cardinal Directions: north, south, east, west, up, and down
 The Six Dynasties form part of Chinese history
 6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture
 The Bionic Six are the heroes of an animated series
 The Birmingham Six were held in prison for 16 years
 "Six" is used as an informal slang term for the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6
 Six Flags amusement parks and theme parks
 "Number Six" in the movie "I am number four" as a character to help four.
Hexa is Greek for "six". Thus:
 A hexahedron is a polyhedron with six faces, with a cube being a special case
 An hexagon is a regular polygon with six sides
 L' Hexagone is a French nickname for the continental part of France
 Hexameter is a poetic form consisting of six feet per line
 "Hexadecimal" combines hexa with the Latinate decimal to name a number base of 16
 A "hex nut" is a nut with six sides, and a hex bolt has a sixsided head.
The prefix "hexa" also occurs in the systematic name of many chemical compounds, such as "hexamethyl"
Sex is a Latin prefix meaning "six". Thus:
 A group of six musicians is called a sextet
 Six babies delivered in one birth are sextuplets
 People with sexdactyly have six fingers on each hand (see above photo)
 The measuring instrument called a sextant got its name because its shape forms onesixth of a whole circle
 The ordinal adjective senary
See also
References
 ^ Higgins, Peter (2008). Number Story: From Counting to Cryptography. New York: Copernicus. p. 11. ISBN 9781848000001.
 ^ "Granville number". OeisWiki. The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. http://oeis.org/. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
 ^ David Wells, The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers. London: Penguin Books (1987): 67
 ^ Bryan Bunch, The Kingdom of Infinite Number. New York: W. H. Freeman & Company (2000): 72
 ^ Peter Higgins, Number Story. London: Copernicus Books (2008): 12
 ^ Georges Ifrah, The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer transl. David Bellos et al. London: The Harvill Press (1998): 395, Fig. 24.66
 The Odd Number 6, JA Todd, Math. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 41 (1945) 66—68
 A Property of the Number Six, Chapter 6, P Cameron, JH v. Lint, Designs, Graphs, Codes and their Links ISBN 0521423856
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